Island Institute wins $240,000 federal research grant

May 15, 2017

Rockland — The Island Institute was one of a dozen recipients of capacity-building grants from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced May 11.

The Island Institute received $240,000 for a project using Island Institute cross-boundary connections to build disaster preparedness in Maine and beyond.

The National Academies’ Gulf Research Program was established in 2013 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It seeks to improve understanding of the interconnected human, environmental, and energy systems of the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal areas. The program funds studies, projects, and other activities using three broad approaches: research and development, education and training, and environmental monitoring.

The competitive grants support community organizations as they conduct science-based projects designed to benefit their coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine to Alaska.

The projects pair scientists and other experts with community leaders to encourage information-sharing and foster community sustainability. In many cases, awardees plan to share the tools and approaches they develop to benefit others locally, regionally and nationally. The capacity-building projects were selected after an external peer-review process.

More information about the award recipients and their projects can be found at




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